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Habia atrimaxillaris

Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cardinalidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Pott, Caroline, Daniel J. Lebbin, Elizabeth Jones, and Abraham Gallo

Habia atrimaxillaris

Bosque del Río Tigre Lodge, Costa Rica, 12 December 2007 © Daniel J. Lebbin

Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager is a Costa Rican endemic found in forest undergrowth, tall second growth, broken forests and streamside woodlands foraging for insects and occasionally fruit within its very small range. Occasionally joins mixed species foraging flocks or seen in larger groups, but is more often seen in small groups (1-3 individuals), presumed to be family members. Due to habitat loss and its small population size of less than 15,000 individuals that is believed to be declining, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager is listed as Endangered on IUCN's Red List.

Recommended Citation

Pott, Caroline, Daniel J. Lebbin, Elizabeth Jones, and Abraham Gallo. 2013. Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager (Habia atrimaxillaris), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Pairs/Family Groups
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Endangered